Flight Checklist

I’m not a finicky flyer by any means. I’m small (5′ 2″ on a good day) and I’m bendy enough to curl up in an airplane seat and sleep for at least a little while (thank you, yoga!). In fact, I really like to fly – it’s one of the few places left where you can go where nobody can bother you about work or harass you with texts!

That being said, there are a few necessities I must have in order to enjoy a flight to the fullest. Here’s what I’ll be bringing with me on tonight’s flight to New York:

1. Eye mask. Even if it’s a short flight, the white noise of the plane and the semi-darkness always lulls me to sleep. I love to nap – LOVE it – so an eye mask helps me stay asleep when I inevitably drift off.

2. Chapstick and lotion. My skin gets so dry in the recycled air, I feel like I’m slathering product on the whole flight. Without it, I feel dry and gross.

3. A warm blanket or scarf. I have a giant plaid fleece scarf from Gap last season and it’s the perfect double as a blanket because it’s so big!

4. Peppermint tea. I ask for hot water and pop the teabags in to instantly relax.

5. My nook! It doesn’t replace books by any means, but I read seven books on a trip to London and Paris last year, all on the nook. It’s a lifesaver.

What do you bring on the plane?

6 thoughts on “Flight Checklist

  1. Hanna says:

    Lots of anti-bacterial madness and some melatonin to help me pass out (particularly after certain trans-continental trips where airlines pretend that your printed-out, official itinerary was WRONG and force you to freak out and book a flight with some scary Eastern-European airline so you can make it to your brother’s wedding in time and then proceed to lose your bags for you…wait, not my bag, but yours….ugh).

    Some good snacks are always good too 🙂


  2. Hits And Fits says:

    Good call! I’m so glad I read this post when I did. I’m flying to NYC myself tomorrow night on a red eye, and an eye mask and sleepy time tea will definitely help me sleep a little. I also bring ear plugs, big fuzzy socks, and an iPod.

    Hope you’re having a great time in the big apple!

    – Ava


    • Hilary says:

      Ear plugs are a good call. We had a crying baby on our flight. I felt so sorry for him, and for everyone else!

      What are you doing in NYC? Hope it’s fun! We had SUCH a great time. I can’t wait to go back!


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